Dr. George D. Martin

September 11, 2012
Dr. George D. Martin

Dr. George Davis Martin, Jr., 64, of Wilmington, N.C. fondly nicknamed “Doc Wobblin” passed away suddenly, Tuesday, September 11, 2012.

Born in Frankfurt, Germany to George Davis and June Anderson Martin, Dr. Martin grew up in Rumson, NJ and Towson, MD. A graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, he earned a Bronze Star while serving in the Army in Vietnam, and then went on to the Pennsylvania School of Optometry. He started his practice in Huntersville and opened multiple Carolina Eye Care offices in the Charlotte area before relocating in 1995 to The Eye Care Center of Wilmington, NC. He retired in 2009 and enjoyed living his dream of traveling this country with his wife and friend Joanie D., their four legged “kids”; shelties, Harley Girl, Blu Boy and Beemer along with their feathered friends of 15 years, Ruby, Sugar, Ruby and Tonto.

George embraced life each day with zeal, had a quick wit and was always planning his next adventure. He grew up sailing and much of his life revolved around water activities. He established a love of motorcycling and became an avid long distance rider, highlighted by a ride from North Carolina to Alaska. George was an active participant in Rolling Thunder, a group dedicated to bringing home all American Prisoners of War and those Missing In Action, the Southern Cruisers who support St. Jude as well as the Carolina Coast Harley Davidson Chapter of Wilmington who support Toys For Tots and The Red Knights, (343 ride) honoring the firefighters who gave their lives in the 911 tragedy. In addition “Doc” participated in Angie’s Amazing Race” for cancer research and support held annually at Britt Motorsport who constantly advocates the causes of our community. A champion for those in need, he eagerly gave his heart and knowledge to his to patients whom became family to him. He worked in numerous events and activities to help his community and was a member of the Law Enforcement Center. As a Master shooter and a passionate proponent of gun safety, George routinely won target shooting competitions in his travels. George exhibited his love of family and a proud Patriotism for God and Country in everything he did.

He is survived by his wife, Joanie D. Martin; son, Lieutenant Commander Joshua G. Martin, USN; daughter Alyssa Martin Horne, son in law Matthew and grandchildren Caleb and Katrina; sister Lee A. Martin (Farmer); nephew Brian Farmer and wife Meredith; nephew Daniel Farmer and wife Jessica; many cousins; and countless friends.

Please come and join us in honoring his life at 6pm on September 22, 2012 at Britt Motorsports, 6341 Market St, Wilmington, NC 28405. There will be an Honor ride at the conclusion of the service lead by the Patriot Honor Guard. All motorcycle riders are encouraged to participate in the precession to bring him home. “Doc Wobblins” motto was (TAG TAB ) Today is a gift and Tomorrow is a Blessing.

In lieu of flowers, please consider donating in his honor to Rolling Thunder Chapter 3, The Christian Motorcycle Association and the Wilmington Chapter of the Red Knight in care of Britt Motorsports. The family would like to extend their sincere appreciation for all the love and support.

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  • September 18, 2012
    Diane & Tommy Walker says:
    Joanie, Our prayers & thoughts are with you. George will be missed but, you will have great memories forever keep them close. We are here for you. Take care of yourself. Diane & Tommy

  • September 18, 2012
    Marjorie Perkins says:
    Shocking news for all who knew George as a Doctor. My sympathies to family, friends and patients. He will be greatly missed.

  • September 18, 2012
    Judith Marlowe says:
    Joanie: For reasons unknown to us God works in mysterious ways, and HE will give you the strength, courage,and peace to carry on. God IS the wind beneath our wings. My thoughts and prayers are with you. I love you girl.

  • September 17, 2012
    Sonny & Mary Lou McClintock says:
    Joanie, we are so very sorry that this accident occurred. We praise the Lord, however, that you and your dog escaped death. We really enjoyed knowing you and George and camping with you in Marion. You be strong, now, Joanie, and trust in the Lord. There is a reason for every plan He has. May He bless you, keep His arms around you, and grant you the peace that passeth all understanding. Please call me at 704-633-0589. My daughter has given us her time share visit in Florida Sept. 22 - 29, so will not be able to attend the Memorial Service, but we will definitely be with you in spirit. Always remember that God loves you and so do we.

  • October 18, 2012
    Rasika Khatu says:
    Hello, I grew up with Dr. Martin as my optometrist and he is what inspired me to go to optometry school. I just met him in August to discuss future opportunities and I cannot believe he is not with us anymore. I will always remember him as an inspirational and giving human bring. Thank you for inspring me Dr. Martin.